Head lice infestations are more common than people often think. There are an estimated 6 to 12 million cases each year, and they occur mostly in children who attend school and are in close contact with other kids. Despite how common head lice are, many parents are still unsure of how to treat them.It doesn’t help that there’s a lot of misinformation out there as well. Many people still assume that head lice are a sign of being dirty, and this causes families to hide them, which can actually make head lice cases in schools and communities worse! In reality, head lice like all types of hair and have nothing to do with being clean or dirty.
To help clear up confusion and guide parents in the right direction, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on how to treat lice in kids.
Think Your Child Has Lice? Here’s How to Do a Lice Check:
- Apply My Head Lice Removal Oil first. This goes directly onto dry hair on the scalp.
- Next, mix together My Hair Helpers conditioner and water in a spray bottle. Wet your child’s hair thoroughly and comb it through with a large comb to detangle.
- Now, apply My Mousse Enzyme to loosen the glue from the eggs. This will make it easier to remove nits with our stainless steel lice comb that gets out even the tiniest of lice. Go layer by layer to suffocate lice, and comb until you don’t see any more evidence of lice.
- Repeat the process about 4 to 5 days later. The purpose of this is to make sure you eliminate any lice that were missed in the earlier treatment.
- Prevention is also key! We suggest using head lice prevention products to keep your child lice free. This includes our lice spray, shampoo and conditioner.
Regular checks are a good way to spot lice before they have time to multiply. Here at My Hair Helpers, we recommend doing lice checks once a week. The more you get used to doing them, the easier they will become!
Here are the steps to doing a lice check
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
Start by gathering the supplies you need:
- Magnifying glass
- Bright light, such as the light from your phone
- Fine-tooth head lice comb
- Paper towels
- Toy or book for distraction for your child
Seat your child in a well-lit room, preferably after their bath or shower when their hair is still wet. It’s important that you’re able to see well so that you can distinguish potential head lice from something else like dandruff or hairspray droplets.Step 3: Comb through your child’s hair in small sections.
Part your child’s hair and go section by section checking for head lice. Lice move quickly, so it helps to wipe the comb on a paper towel. Nits stick to the hair, while things like dandruff will fall off easily.